Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80806
Authors: 
Siegler, Benedikt
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
BGPE Discussion Paper 135
Abstract: 
In 2006, the Florida Supreme Court ended the state funded voucher program which allowed students of repeatedly failing public schools to transfer to a private school. This gives us the unique opportunity to evaluate the incentive character of a private school competition threat in school accountability systems. Using administrative student-level data from Florida and a difference-in-discontinuities approach, I analyze whether this reduction in sanction threats led failing schools to lower their effort in raising educational performance. Results indicate that the termination of the voucher program did not attenuate the overall incentive effect of the sanction regime. This leads to conclude that the public school choice option, which remained unaffected by the court's decision, is a sufficient deterrent. This finding has important policy implications.
Subjects: 
school accountability
sanction threats
school choice
Florida public schools
difference-in-discontinuities
JEL: 
H75
I20
I28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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